1. Wrap Around Porches
Ask everyone I know, wrap around porches just get me. I am a Colorado Native, but the South fascinates me. The way you can sit out in the morning dew and watch the neighbors head off to work, in the middle of the day when kids are out of school playing on the sidewalk, at dusk when cicadas are just loud enough to create melody, and in the dark where conversations take a turn towards the heart, to the raw depths that we so wish we could share every minute of every day. The Lord loves when we delight in His creation and what better way then to sit on a long stretch of painted wood, in a rocking chair, just admiring how the hours in everyday hold so much of His sweetness.
I love flowers. And I love them in abundance. Something about sitting in the vibrancy of colors, potentially a warm breeze with a good book really captivates me. The amount of the different types of flowers amazes me. I could probably list about a dozen types of flowers and that wouldn’t even scratch the surface of varieties of flowers existing today. I love how just like snowflakes, no flower is the same. As a child, my mom would always make me garden with her (probably reason for me having a bad back and knees currently). I would always despise going out into the garden with the weathered gloves and the torn up knee cushions. We would spend hours planting and pulling weeds and creating a space that was immaculate. Much like my walk with the Lord, that garden was beautiful beyond compare, but needed tending to constantly because weeds would never stop sprouting and I was never the biggest fan of that.
3. Sweet Tea in Mason Jars
I love the South and I am in love with Colorado but Colorado doesn’t have one thing that the South is extremely good at, and that is brewing the best sweet tea. As specific as this lovely thing is, this could be my favorite moment in life. Mason jars remind me of places where I feel at home, where I know I am supposed to be. In Georgia somewhere, just eating comfort food, sipping on a sweet tea. I have learned that I have a wildly uncontrollable taste for the sweet things. I have a large sweet tooth and sweet tea completely satisfies that. I have tasted something that millions of people are so thirsty to taste; the sweetness of the Lord. His honey drizzles over everything on this Earth and a glass of sweet tea in my favorite container just reminds me of how blessed this life is, and how I have savored that sweetness.
4. Folk Bands
Folk bands remind me of summer nights, under twinkle lights, listening to the best music with the best of friends, experiencing God in every note. I love banjos, mandolins, pianos, guitars and even washboards, anything that has an almost Hipster country vibe if you will. Judah and The Lion, Beta Radio, Mountain Man and one you may recognize, Mumford and Sons, are artists that just get it. They know that loudness is not the key to entertainment, but well thought out lyrics and chords whisper the Lords name.
I cannot stress dancing enough. This is my favorite thing to do, anytime of day, in any mood, anywhere. I wholeheartedly believe that dancing can mend the soul. Much like chicken noodle soup for a common cold, the physical act of moving your body to music in the presence of family, friends or complete strangers lets out pent up frustration, anger, extra energy or just purely joy. I took an African Dance class last semester and was amazed at how comfortable you can be looking like a fool wrapped in African cloth. With dancing, no one cares how silly it is, and that’s the point. Come as you are. Do not try to hide in a corner like in the middle school Sock Hop, or fancy up your moves because you see others doing it. Look weird and gangly. Sweat and sing along. The Lord loves when we dance, he laughs and smiles when we don’t care what others think.
Ellie is from Denver, CO and a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder (the most amazing place on Earth). She is a Creative Writing Major going into the School of Education to be a high school English teacher. She leads high schoolers in a youth ministry program called Club through First Presbyterian Church of Boulder. She dreams of being on SNL one day. She loves adventuring, jumping off cliffs, dancing, sipping chai and watching movies. She is 19-years-old (super young for her grade), wishing she could just get out of this teenage stage…because she cannot be grouped with 13 year olds anymore. To read more from Ellie, check out her blog!